Daily Archives: December 23, 2012

Guyanese-Canadian Ned Blair Awarded Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Guyanese-Canadian Ned Blair Awarded Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Guyanese born Canadian Ned Blair has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding community service.  Federal Member of Parliament Jim Karygiannis made the presentation at the National Ethnic Press and Media council of Canada (NEPMCC) annual dinner at the Cypriot community Centre in Toronto.  Blair is Vice-President of NEPMCC.

Karygiannis expressed his personal satisfaction at being involved in the presentation of the award to Blair and formally conferred the medal with the declaration, “On behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, I am pleased to award you the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal created to mark the 60th anniversary of her Majesty’s accession to the throne.   Continue reading

John Agard, awarded Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry

Guyanese, John Agard, awarded Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry

December 22, 2012 | By KNews |

John Agard

John Agard

Guyanese poet joins a host of distinguished names including WH Auden, Ted Hughes and Philip Larkin.

Britain – Buckingham Palace has announced that the poet John Agard is to be awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2012. The decision was made by the Poetry Medal Committee headed by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. It was based on Agard’s most recently published works, Alternative Anthem: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2009) and his collection of poems for children, Goldilocks on CCTV (Frances Lincoln, 2011).          Continue reading

Guyana Masquerade

This blog entry was added on December 27, 2010. We re-blog it here so you could enjoy this unique music and culture. Merry Christmas!

Guyanese Online

These Masquerade Bands parade down the street at Christmas time

Masquerade is probably the only original form of music and dance from Guyana.This session was videotaped live at the National Park in Georgetown Guyana.

The masquerade has it’s origin in Nigeria’s Yoruba and Ibo traditions.  Check the Lagosion (Lagos, Nigeria), tradition of Eyo and the stilt dancing.  The Fife and quick steps are very Ibo.  I saw it in Nigeria and immediately knew that this was one tradition that was not completely erradicated through slavery – comment from viewer

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